It is now emerging that One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principals are planning to look for Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and engage him going forward with regards to the 2022 presidential election.
According to the Sunday Nation, the leadership within the OKA is developing a softening attitude and are now planning to meet the ODM leader Raila Odinga in the course of next week.
This decision by OKA principals comes barely a week after President Uhuru hosted them at Statehouse Mombasa accompanied by Raila Odinga and his deputy party leader and the Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
It was reported that President Uhuru had summoned the OKA team amongst them Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula, KANU party leader Gideon Moi alongside Raila Odinga and his deputy Mr Oparanya for unity talks on Tuesday, August 10.
According to sources, OKA principals left Statehouse Mombasa disappointed after President Uhuru Kenyatta threw his support behind the ODM leader.
Lugari member of parliament Ayud Savula who is an ally of Musalia Mudavadi said that his party leader maintained his stand.
“There is pressure to have Musalia support (Raila). We have stuck to our guns. We are not going to prop up anybody this time around,” stated Savula.
His sentiments were confirmed by Wiper Party co-vice Victor Swanya who urged the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga to retire with president Uhuru.
“Raila’s time is over. Our position is very clear. Raila should be a gentleman and retire with Uhuru Kenyatta as he has a very good opportunity to shape the next leaders of this great nation,” he stated.
However, a source claims that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) report that they had to unite to stand a fair chance against the second in command. Besides, the NIS report added that it was only Raila who could compete equally with DP Ruto.
According to other sources, no deal was reached with ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Wetang’ula furiously protesting about the presence of Oparanya at the meeting.
“The two felt that Oparanya’s invitation was meant to undermine them and openly protested in the presence of the President,” the source said.